JournalDesigner is an issue planning solution for newspapers and magazines, available as a native client, as well as a web module.

While planning the contents of an issue, JournalDesigner takes into account such elements as ad-customer requirements and technical specifications, as well as editorial preferences. These factors are all brought together and evaluated as an issue moves through the planning stages and is brought to press.

Detailed display of signatures

The planning process is supported by a variety of views and planning modes and can be oriented towards the contents as well as technical requirements. The display of various types of signatures is possible.

Working in a team

With a sophisticated rights system individually designed user-groups can be established with varying access to work steps.


Each planning element (signatures, pages, ads, layouts, inserts, etc) can be split, dedicated to a geographic region and a demographic group. Pages can be defined as run pages or split pages as appropriate. This means the elements can be checked against the regional editions to confirm their status.

Control of deadlines

With the Schedules function, deadlines are defined for all steps in the planning process of an issue, with warnings set up to make sure each step is completed on schedule. Deadlines can be set a year in advance through Schedule templates that take all public holidays into account.

Creating alternative versions of an issue

JournalDesigner offers the possibility to plan more than one version of an issue at a time.

Company Information

Company Name: dataplan GmbH



Founded in Hamburg in 1983, dataplan is focused on production and planning software for a variety of industries. Its customer base is the publishing industry. dataplan offers a range of software solutions for publishing houses – the JournalSuite, with JournalDesigner, JournalProducer and JournalBrowser – that provide benefits in operating performance and magazine product quality.


App Name: JournalDesigner

Publisher: dataplan GmbH

Publisher contact: N/A

First Release: November 2014

Latest Release: May 2017

App Version: 1.0

Minimum Adpoint version: 7.3

Price: POA

Prerequisites: None

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